…Hatberry shoeberry in my canoeberry!
Bruce Degen’s Jamberry book becomes the most read aloud book in our house this time of year. We put up about 25 lbs of strawberries two weeks ago (two batches of jam, some strawberry shortcake, and the remainder in our mouths and the freezer) and between the Wednesday-just-passed and today we’ve managed to pick 45 lbs of blueberries.
We’ll be picking again this week, so the grand total will have to wait, but we’ve already done five packed freezer gallon bags of blueberries in the chill chest and there is much more destined to join it. I’m hoping to get two batches of jam done today and at least one more next week. I really want to get out at least one more time to pick. I’m thinking 10 lbs or so will do us. After that, and the pounds we’re eating fresh, I hope to get a double batch of blueberry basil vinegar and a double batch of blueberry wine done.
Yesterday the boys and I made 24 quarts of garlic dill pickles (that was two pecks of baby pickling cukes to begin with.) Ty, the five-year-old, peeled garlic. Aidan, the seven-year-old, scrubbed cucumbers. Liam, the nine-year-old, kept Rowan, the one-year-old occupied. Leif, the three-year-old, alternately broke up some bay leaves for me (genius busy work… it kept him contributing!) and stuffed his hands into the bottom of the cucumber and water filled sink. I’m hoping to get another peck or two pickled next week (in between packing boxes, going to doctor’s appointments and messy parties and scraping kids off my shins).
I remember sitting around my Grandma’s table or on her back deck breaking green beans into pieces or watching her and my Mom and aunts peel peaches (much too delicate work for hands that were clumsy at that point!).
Is anyone else in full canning/freezing mode yet? What do you put up? If you don’t can or put up food, do you have any particular memories of doing projects like that with your family?